“When asked why she shot him, Robbins replied, ‘I was expecting someone else to come in’ and that God told her to shoot.”
“The document also states that Robbins indicated she was taking medication for depression .”
“Robbins’ Facebook page shows a range of emotions in the evening before the shooting.”
” ‘Today I am happy, because I thought of you,’ Robbins posted at 6:57 p.m. Tuesday.
” ‘I am really confused and I pray for guidance,’ she wrote at midnight.”
” ‘Paranoia big destroya going to bed,’ Robbins wrote in her last posting at 12:03 a.m. Wednesday.”
SSRI Stories note: In the Physicians Desk Reference paranoia is listed as an infrequent [but not rare] side effect of medications for depression. Abnormal thinking is also listed as an infrequent side effect for these antidepressants in the PDR.
Dallas woman says ‘signs from God’ led her to shoot, kill co-worker at Carrollton business
11:26 PM CDT on Thursday, August 26, 2010
By WENDY HUNDLEY / The Dallas Morning News
A Dallas woman told police that God told her to shoot her longtime co-worker Wednesday morning at a Carrollton pest control business.
Theresa Gail Robbins, 48, was arrested on suspicion of killing Greg Brasch, a McKinney husband and father who was described as “friend to anybody,” including the woman accused of shooting him once in the chest with a handgun.
“Afterwards she put the gun down and didn’t threaten anyone else,” Carrollton police Officer Dustin Bartram said Thursday. “She put the gun down and sat in another co-worker’s office and waited for police to arrive.”
Brasch, 57, was taken to Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton, where he was pronounced dead.
Robbins was been charged with first-degree murder and was being held Thursday at the Dallas County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
On Thursday, Brasch’s family was trying to understand the killing.
“This was all out of the blue,” said Howard Max, Brasch’s brother-in-law. “We think she just snapped.”
He said Brasch, a native of Australia who had lived in Texas since 1985, was a sales manager at Bizzy Bees pest control, where Robbins was office manager.
Max said they both worked at the business about 13 years and were friends. He said Brasch recently offered to let Robbins sell an antique sewing machine on eBay and keep the money.
He described Brasch as an outgoing, likable man who was a “friend to anybody.”
A woman who answered the phone Thursday at Bizzy Bees declined to comment.
Police were called to the business in the 2800 block of Trinity Square Drive shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday. They found Robbins sitting in an office, where she was arrested without incident.
When an officer asked her what happened, she said, “I got signs from God, he told me to distribute the world order information,” according to the arrest-warrant affidavit.
She told the officer that Brasch was her “closest friend.”
When asked why she shot him, Robbins replied, “I was expecting someone else to come in” and that God told her to shoot.
The document also states that Robbins indicated she was taking medication for depression.
Robbins’ Facebook page shows a range of emotions in the evening before the shooting.
“Today I am happy, because I thought of you,” Robbins posted at 6:57 p.m. Tuesday.
“I am really confused and I pray for guidance,” she wrote at midnight.
“Paranoia big destroya going to bed,” Robbins wrote in her last posting at 12:03 a.m. Wednesday.
Brasch is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and three children.
Their daughter, Laura, teaches at McKinney Boyd High School. Their son Daniel is studying EMT/firefighter training in Collin County, and son Tony just completed a four-year stint in the Navy.